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We've all had those times when we've felt something on our teeth - a coating or sticky covering - sometimes even after we brush. Well, there's a name for this coating on your teeth, and it's called biofilm.
Although biofilm may not be that well known, neglecting it can lead to an accumulation of bacteria that can cause gingivitis, inflammation, and even gum infections. (1)
Well, you don't need to worry about biofilm anymore. And that's because new studies and ALL-NATURAL ORAL CARE PRODUCTS are making biofilm a thing of the past!
In this oral care blog, we talk about what biofilm is, what causes it, and how to REMOVE IT TODAY!
WHAT IS BIOFILM
To better understand the biofilm on your teeth, we first need to talk about what biofilm is. And that begins with a quick science lesson (bear with me :).
Basically, biofilms are any collection of microorganisms that can grow on many different surfaces. The organisms that make up biolfims are fungi, protists, and bacteria. And this matters because these bacteria also accumulate on your teeth. (2)
And though you may not realize it, you come into contact with biofilms all the time. In fact, biofilms grow super comfortable in wet places, such as in your shower and in your mouth. (3)
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The reason biofilms are so common in your mouth is because they are what scientists consider a hydrogel, which means they're hydrated several times their dry weight in water.
I know what you're thinking, "Okay, okay, but what does this mean for my dental health?" Well, it means biofilms like to stick to a surface (like your teeth), and when hit with water (which it will do in your mouth!), it can spread bacteria further inside your body. (5)
And if you're looking for a way to get biofilms to stop sticking to surfaces, don't. Biofilms can actually produce their own sticky substance, enabling them to better cling to your teeth. Therefore, the best way to stop biofilms is to simply PREVENT them from accumulating in the first place. (6)
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WHAT CAUSES BIOFILM
Though studies are ongoing in exactly how biofilms come together and the biomolecular pathways that cause them to grow, we do have some information on what causes them, and how you can avoid them.
A great way to avoid the dangerous effects of biofilms is to not allow them to accumulate at all. Though obvious, it's important to know that the close proximity of bacteria, as well as the bacteria within it, is difficult to separate from once at full strength. (7)
In fact, there are four potential incentives for why biofilms actually form during infections - to protect themselves, absorb nutrients, hang out as a group, and simply grow for fun. (8)
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A common recommendation to avoid the problematic effects of biofilm on your teeth is by simply BRUSHING YOUR TEETH, especially before bed.
This is because the amount of bacteria in your mouth actually increases when you sleep, which can lead to more dental biofilm, and eventually complications like periodontal disease and dental caries. (10)
Another reason you need to take extra precautions at this time is because your saliva production decreases at night, which allows plaque to develop and for bacteria to attack your enamel with less of your mouth's natural defense to protect it. (11)
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Though bacteria can't talk like you and I, they do have a way of communicating, and it's actually far more complex than you may think.
Quorum sensing - the way bacteria communicates - enables bacteria to coordinate their activities within the biofilm in your mouth, allowing them to participate in cell signaling and the planned disruption of your oral health. (9) (12)
Believe it or not, this talkative bacteria can even alter your gene expression through the release of special signal molecules called autoinducers, which can populate quickly. (13)
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Understanding the way bacteria spreads and communicates is essential in ensuring the PREVENTION of illnesses that can actually work their way from your saliva all the way through to your throat, lungs, and nose.
Saliva, as mentioned before, is supposed to protect us, but it can also be a vehicle to allow bacteria to spread into our mouths and potentially pollute our teeth, where bacteria can communicate and cause future health problems. (9) (15)
Though your mouth is a perfect place for bacteria to chill out (it's warm, moist, has a neutral pH), around two dozen species of oral bacteria actually move around to cause problems in the rest of your body. (16)
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THE DANGER OF BIOFILM
Though it seems like biofilm is just a harmless slime covering your teeth, it can be extremely dangerous. This is because biofilm likes to keep bacteria in what's considered a protective matrix, persistently sticking to your teeth.
The key to preventing a biofilm problem long-term is by keeping the biofilm away from your important organs, where the pathogenic bacteria they contain can cause you significant harm. (17)
Biofilm in your mouth also house what's considered free-swimming bacteria, where bacteria cluster, multiply, and create a micro-colony that can facilitate the growth of even more bacteria. (18)
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Due to this complexity, it takes around 24 hours for the biofilm in your mouth to proceed through its three phases of development and effectively lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The first phase is the planktonic phase - when bacteria are attracted to some kind of surface in your mouth. The second phase is when the bacteria form communities - also known as the biofilm phase. The third phase is the dispersion phase, when the biofilm is at its scary worst, and decides to spread and potentially infect you. (20)
The right ALL-NATURAL ORAL CARE is so important because researchers are finding that biofilms are responsible for not just many of the oral problems in your mouth, but the majority of bacterial infections in your whole body! (21)
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THE RIGHT ORAL CARE
To break the cycle of biofilm in your mouth, it's important that you disrupt the process of biofilm development. To do this, you need to practice consistent and efficient ALL-NATURAL ORAL CARE.
A thorough regiment of BRUSHING and flossing can help stop bacterial accumulations before they can reach that defining stage of biofilm development. (22)
BRUSHING twice a day for two minutes at a time will remove bacteria from tooth surfaces, and remember - don't forget the spaces between your teeth, where brushing may not always reach! (23)
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As complicated as all of this information can be, it's important to know that biofilm can be boiled down to this: biofilm is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth and gums. How do you get rid of it? It's simple. Just wipe it off.
If you BRUSH your teeth consistently and efficiently, brushing in small circles on the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, biofilm can't hide and cause you harm. (25)
And considering teeth only comprise a quarter of your mouth, it's also essential that you use MOUTHWASH, which can help kill bacteria and biofilm residing in the rest of your mouth, such as the roof of your mouth, tongue, and gums. (26)
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